Ryan Parker

Ryan Parker

Vice-President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), CGI U.S.

Serving as Vice-President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) for CGI U.S., Ryan Parker has 20 years of business experience in healthcare, higher education and the entertainment industry. He has held positions as Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, KentuckyOne Health, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital—with other experiences leading diversity efforts in various capacities at the University of Pittsburgh, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. The scope of his experience includes leading nationally recognized DE&I strategies—yielding significant gains in increasing racial and gender diversity at all levels. He’s also a regularly called upon speaker and contributor, nationally, as a thought leader in diversity, equity, inclusion, and health equity. Ryan has received numerous honors and awards including, Diversity MBA Magazine's list of "Top 100 Executives Under 50" (2015); Becker's Hospital Review's "Top 25 Leaders Under 40" (2014); The Network Journal Magazine's "Forty Under 40" (2014). In 2015, Ryan’s leadership resulted in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ) being named by the American Hospital Association as the Equity of Care Award Winner which was awarded to RWJ for being best in class among America’s more than 5,000 hospitals in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. And, in 2016, Ryan was inducted into the Boys and Girls Club of North Alabama Hall of Fame in his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. Ryan is a graduate of Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, with a degree in psychology and has completed graduate coursework at George Washington University and Saint Joseph's University.

11:00 am - 11:50 am

Morning Panel Sessions, Part 2

Data Justice: Ethical Practices + Better Decisions = Equitable Outcomes
Applying a justice, ethics, and equity lens to eliminate data bias.
Inherent bias can be built in the ways in which data is collected, analyzed, interpreted, and distributed. Biased data can be a barrier for innovating meaning actions, strategies, and measurable progress toward more equitable outcomes. As expectations of stakeholders continue to rapidly evolve, the ability to advance equity as a core aspect of an organization’s mission has emerged as the signature professional leadership competency to drive business sustainability in the 21st century—and data integrity will be foundational to meeting these expectations. This panel will highlight evolving thought leadership in operationalizing data justice to accelerate diversity, equity, and inclusion.